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Leading Medical Groups Oppose 20-Week Abortion Bans

Leading medical groups oppose 20-week bans that interfere with the patient-provider relationship and allow politicians to impose arbitrary restrictions on access to abortion.

Doctors oppose these laws because they prevent health care providers from giving their patients the best care possible in an individual situation.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists opposes 20-week abortion bans because they are “unconstitutional “ and “would interfere with the physician-patient relationship at a time when women are in need of empathetic, respectful and evidence-based care.”1

The American Medical Association “opposes interference in the clinical examination room and calls on policymakers to leave determination of what constitutes medically necessary treatment where it belongs — in the hands of physicians and patients.”2

Sarah Horvath, MD, an ob-gyn and family planning fellow in Pennsylvania who is a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health, states that banning abortion at 20 weeks is a “completely arbitrary cutoff.”

“There is nothing about 20 weeks that is special or medically different [when it comes to fetal development],” Horvath says. “Abortion is safe both before and after that gestation age. And abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in this country because it is legal.”

Twenty-week abortion bans “end up jeopardizing women’s health and safety more than doing anything to protect them,” Horvath says.